A Christmas campaign by the Stroke Association is aiming to highlight the frustration of thousands left with communication and speech problems after a stroke.
The condition is known as aphasia and affects over 3,600 stroke sufferers in Wales each year.
My speech was really affected - at first I couldn't say my own name. I also lost the ability to read, which came as a serious blow as I was an avid reader and was studying for a masters degree.
I could understand what people said to me but they couldn't always understand what I was saying. This was very frustrating. The hardest part was not being able to communicate with my four sons who were patient and understanding but very upset at the situation.
Two thirds of stroke survivors in Wales are facing an uphill battle to cope financially according to the Stroke Association. They say cuts to benefits are 'condemning them to a life of poverty'. Hannah Thomas reports.